Hedman could return Saturday, Callahan out until playoffs
It was good news for the Lightning to see top defenseman Victor Hedman back on the ice for Thursday's morning skate.
"Very encouraging," coach Jon Cooper said.
But wing Ryan Callahan (lower body) didn't skate, with the Lightning hoping he'll be available by Wednesday's Game 1 of the playoffs.
Hedman had missed Tuesday's game with an upper body injury, having taken a hit to the head in Monday's loss to the Islanders. While Hedman won't play tonight against the Devils, he said there's probably a good chance he returns Saturday in the regular-season finale in Montreal.
Hedman took an elbow to the head by Islanders Thomas Hickey.
"It's hockey and I'm sure the league is going to look at every hit," Hedman said. "For me, no grudges from my side. It's something that happened during the game."
Callahan, who also missed Tuesday's game with a lower body injury, appers doubtful for Saturday against Montreal. "Look at Game 1 as probably, hopefully when we're going to see Cally again," Cooper said.
Other than wing Jonathan Drouin getting called up, there was a swap of defensemen, Matt Taormina coming up from AHL Syracuse, Slater Koekkoek getting sent down. Taormina, who also has NHL experience, was put on the power play unit Thursday, something he did well with the Crunch.
"It was definitely a surprise to get the call, especially with clinching a (playoff spot) and (Koekkoek) up here," Taormina said. "But it's a nice opportunity to get in a game."
Cooper said this won't be the last time we see Koekkoek with the Lightning this season, a good indication he'll be an option in the playoffs.
More from morning skate: G Ben Bishop will start in net, the Lightning needing two points to clinch home ice in first round... RW Jonathan Marchessault will be scratched... The lines had Triplets together, Killorn with Namestnikov and Drouin, Paquette-Filppula-Brown/Blunden-Boyle-Condra.